HOUSTON (AP) — DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season.
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Ajax won its 34th Dutch league title on Wednesday, one week after a last-minute loss to Tottenham in the Champions League semifinals.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors are seeking a one-year prison sentence for each of the three PSV Eindhoven fans being accused of mocking women who were begging in Madrid's central Plaza Mayor before a Champions League match in 2016.
Prosecutors also want the fans to pay 600 euros ($685) to each of the four women they "humiliated" at the iconic plaza in the Spanish capital.
MILAN (AP) — At the start of November the mood was buoyant at Inter Milan.
A run of seven successive wins had the Nerazzurri within touch of Serie A leader Juventus.
Plus, they were second to Barcelona in their Champions League group.
Now, the mood is no longer buoyant. Far from it.
Inter has dropped from six points behind Juventus to 14.
And on Tuesday it was dumped from the Champions League after drawing with PSV Eindhoven at home 1-1.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan's first season back in the Champions League in seven years was brought to a swift end on Tuesday after it failed to beat a team with nothing to play for.
Mauro Icardi rescued a 1-1 draw for Inter against PSV Eindhoven but it wasn't enough to prevent the Italian team from being eliminated from the knockout stage.
Inter needed to better Tottenham's result at Barcelona to progress to the round of 16 but that match also finished 1-1, thanks to Lucas Moura's late equalizer.
GENEVA (AP) — It ended England 2, Italy 0 on a tense night of decisive Champions League group games on Tuesday.
Liverpool advanced to the round of 16 by beating Napoli 1-0, though it relied on a stoppage-time save by goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Tottenham is also in Monday's draw after defying expectations in Barcelona thanks to Lucas Moura's 85th-minute leveler in a 1-1 draw.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — PSV Eindhoven did all it could to stifle Lionel Messi. It wasn't enough.
Messi scored one goal after a trademark dribble and set up another from a free kick as Barcelona beat PSV 2-1 Wednesday to secure top spot in Champions League Group B with one match left to play.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman selected winger Javairo Dilrosun for the first time Friday for upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against France and Germany.
Dilrosun, who played in junior teams at Ajax and Manchester City before breaking into Hertha Berlin's first team this season, is the only new face in the 24-man squad.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane boosted Tottenham's chances of advancing from its Champions League group by scoring two late goals in a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
The English team was in danger of heading out of the competition after just four games when it went behind after just 61 seconds at Wembley Stadium.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — After watching Tottenham give up a 2-1 lead with just minutes to go against PSV Eindhoven, coach Mauricio Pochettino was left wondering if his team deserves a prolonged stay in the Champions League.
Captain Luuk de Jong scored a late equalizer Wednesday to salvage a 2-2 draw for PSV Eindhoven against 10-man Tottenham that left both teams unlikely to advance from Group B.
Pochettino said his team should have extended its lead earlier in a match it largely dominated.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman named four new players in the squad to face Germany and Belgium in upcoming internationals.
Koeman included PSV Eindhoven forward Steven Bergwijn, defender Denzel Dumfries and midfielder Pablo Rosario along with Club Brugge winger Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld - who rose through PSV's youth teams - in his 25-man squad on Friday.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Two matches, two come-from-behind Champions League victories for resilient Inter Milan.
Inter rallied from a goal down to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Wednesday and record its second victory after conceding first in the Champions League.
Both times, captain and striker Mauro Icardi was front and center for the Nerazzurri, scoring a late equalizer two weeks ago against Tottenham and the winner against PSV.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looked every bit a man on a mission.
Messi started the Champions League in brilliant fashion Tuesday night, setting a record with his eighth hat trick in the competition to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven.
The outstanding performance was the first step toward Messi keeping his promise that the season would end with Barcelona lifting another European Cup.
PARIS (AP) — If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer's pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona fans can stop worrying. Lionel Messi is just fine — and he scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick to prove it.
Three days after a rare poor performance in the Spanish league, Messi returned to normal service on Tuesday with three goals in a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League opener. That took the Argentine past longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who has seven Champions League hat tricks.
MADRID (AP) — Despite another win and a perfect record to start the Spanish league, there is reason for concern ahead of Barcelona's Champions League debut this week.
The defending league champions had another lackluster performance in its 2-1 come-from-behind win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, creating a bit of worry ahead of its match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
LONDON (AP) — Barcelona helps to usher in a new-look to the Champions League on Tuesday as fans adjust to new staggered kickoff times.
Most matches in the group stage will now begin simultaneously at 2100 Central European Time, 15 minutes later than in previous seasons. That is to accommodate a couple of games being played in a new earlier slot of 1855 CET to maximize television audiences.
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United defender Luke Shaw's right leg nearly had to be amputated following an injury that saw him consider quitting football.
Shaw could this week make his first England start since facing Switzerland in September 2015, a week before his double leg break in a Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven.
"I nearly lost my leg," Shaw said on Tuesday. "I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me.
GENEVA (AP) — Title holder Real Madrid and other European powers could be paired against some fresh faces in the Champions League draw on Thursday.
The 32-team lineup in Monaco includes group-stage debutants Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys, plus clubs ending long absences from the lucrative competition that has a record 1.95 billion euros ($2.28 billion) in prize money this season.
Former European champions Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Red Star Belgrade advanced to the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, while Salzburg was eliminated in the playoffs for the fifth time in nine years after wasting a two-goal lead.
Salzburg's quest to join Europe's elite under long-time financial backer Red Bull was in sight when it led Red Star 2-0 with 30 minutes to play in the second-leg game in Austria.
PSV Eindhoven scored with a minute remaining to beat BATE Borisov 3-2 in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying playoffs on Tuesday.
Also, Greek club PAOK put itself in good position to qualify for the group stage for the first time by holding host Benfica to a 1-1 draw, while Red Star Belgrade and Salzburg played to a 0-0 draw.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — PSV Eindhoven will face either Qarabag or BATE Borisov in the Champions League playoffs.
Swiss club Young Boys, the only other team to play its first match in the playoff round, will meet either Astana or Dinamo Zagreb.
The final qualifying round games will be played this week and next week.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Ajax has hired Erik ten Hag from Utrecht to coach the 33-time Dutch champions.
The 47-year-old Ten Hag signed a 2 ½-year contract to replace Marcel Keizer, who was fired last week after Ajax was eliminated from the Dutch Cup.
Ajax entered the winter break second in the Dutch league, five points behind PSV Eindhoven, and doesn't play again until Jan. 21 against Feyenoord.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch investigating judge on Friday refused to prolong the detention of a radicalized man who is suspected by prosecutors of "possible involvement in making preparations for a terrorist crime."
ROME (AP) — Veteran Mexico defender Hector Moreno has transferred from PSV Eindhoven to Roma, becoming the first signing of new Giallorossi sporting director Monchi.
Roma says Moreno signed a four-year contract. The transfer fee was reportedly 6 million euros (nearly $7 million).
The 29-year-old Moreno has appeared 79 times for Mexico and helped PSV to the Dutch title in 2016. He previously spent four years in Spain, making more than 100 appearances for Espanyol.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet made the save, he made a costly mistake.
Zoet saved a close-range header from Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden, but after holding the ball up on the goal-line, he inexplicably dragged the ball back into his arms and into the goal, across the line by a hair's breadth. A screen on referee Bas Nijhuis' wrist lit up.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has rejected a bid from Lyon for winger Memphis Depay, saying Friday it was "far from being reasonable."
The 22-year-old Depay has been unable to secure a regular spot in the team since joining United from PSV Eindhoven in June 2015 for 31 million pounds (then $48 million). Since United manager Jose Mourinho took charge this season, the Netherlands international has only started one game in the League Cup.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — FC Rostov earned a place in the Europa League by holding PSV Eindhoven to a 0-0 draw in Group D of the Champions League on Tuesday.
With both teams already out of contention for a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League, Rostov only needed the draw to get into Europe's second-tier competition and rarely threatened PSV.
MADRID (AP) — Diego Simeone is going back to basics to get Atletico Madrid back on track.
After an unusual streak of disappointing results, when the team's new attacking style failed to work, Simeone reverted to the proven defensive setup that led Atletico to recent glories, and it paid off right away with a solid performance against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Failing to top a Champions League group often comes back to bite teams when the competition really gets going in the round of 16.
Maybe not this season.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City are two high-profile teams who are guaranteed to advance as runners-up following the latest round of group games in Europe's top competition on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid reached the knockout stage of the Champions League after Antoine Griezmann pounced in stoppage time to score his second goal of the night and seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Russian side Rostov on Tuesday.
Griezmann grabbed the winner for last season's runners-up when a hopeful long pass was headed on by a Rostov defender, and the France forward managed to toe the ball into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored both his team's goals Tuesday and hit the woodwork three times as Bayern Munich beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 to secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
The final score was flattering for PSV as Poland striker Lewandowski could, with a bit more luck, have had five goals instead of his brace.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carlo Ancelotti wanted a reaction from his players — and he got it.
Bayern Munich produced an emphatic performance in sweeping aside PSV Eindhoven 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday to end a three-match winless run.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich dispelled any doubts about its commitment by ending a three-match winless run with a comfortable 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern wobbled briefly after PSV had cut the deficit to 2-1 but quickly restored its dominance to extend its Champions League home record of 14 consecutive wins. PSV lost after a 21-match unbeaten run away from home in all competitions.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's early-season euphoria has vanished after a 2-2 draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday for the German giant's third consecutive game without a win.
"We have to show another attitude quickly, Wednesday ... Otherwise we have a problem," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, referring to PSV Eindhoven's midweek visit in the Champions League. "The way we played in the first half wasn't Bayern Munich."
MOSCOW (AP) — UEFA says it has not opened a disciplinary case against Russian club FC Rostov after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League game.
Anti-discrimination group FARE Network, which provides observers at European games, had notified UEFA of the incident at Wednesday's 2-2 draw between Rostov and Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
FARE said it believed the banana had been targeted at PSV left back Jetro Willems, who is black.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian club FC Rostov is likely to face a UEFA disciplinary case for fan racism after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.
The FARE Network, which monitors racist incidents for UEFA, said Thursday the banana was thrown about eight minutes into Wednesday's 2-2 draw.
The banana remained on the field for at least 15 minutes.
MADRID (AP) — Bayern Munich's struggles in Spain continued on Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Bayern's defeat at the Vicente Calderon Stadium after a first-half strike by midfielder Yannick Carrasco made it another frustrating night for the German champions against Spanish clubs.
ROSTOV, Russia (AP) — Two goals from Dmitry Poloz gave Rostov its first-ever Champions League point on Wednesday in a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven.
Unlucky to concede two goals following deflections in the first half, fortune was firmly on the Russian side in the second as the crossbar and some excellent goalkeeping from Soslan Dzhanaev stopped PSV from claiming the win.
Both teams are now off the mark in Group D with a point apiece following opening-day defeats.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Saul Niguez scored late in the first half Tuesday as last season's losing Champions League finalist Atletico Madrid opened this season's campaign with a tense 1-0 win at PSV Eindhoven.
The match in Eindhoven was a repeat of last year's Champions League round of 16 clash that Atletico won on penalties in Madrid after both legs ended 0-0.
Tuesday's match never looked like finishing goalless with both teams pressing forward in their Group D opener.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Veteran forward Dirk Kuyt scored twice as Feyenoord beat Excelsior 4-1 in a Rotterdam derby to go top of the Dutch Eredivisie after four rounds.
Feyenoord's victory Saturday and draws Sunday by both defending champion PSV Eindhoven and ADO The Hague means Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team has the league's only 100-percent record after four matches.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Manchester United winger Memphis Depay was left out of the Netherlands squad on Friday for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
Veteran strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke and Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce were also omitted from coach Danny Blind's 24-man squad, while a debut was given to 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven midfielder Jorrit Hendrix.